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    September 2, 2010
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136th day of the deep water horizon disaster in the gulf. goodnight and good luck. to discuss why making up a u.n. conspiracy about bicycles is not a bad thing for the republican candidate in colorado. making up what you did as a police officer in the town of liberal kansas is in kansas. ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. >> the best thing is that it has to be liberal kansas where all this craziness happens. liberal, really? >> reality has a well-known liberal bias. >> we begin tonight with an update on the biggest story in the country. that, of course, is hurricane earl. the category 2 hurricane bearing down on north carolina's outer banks with winds up to 110 miles per hour and a possible storm surge of 3 to 5 feet. hurricane earl's projected path sends it right up the east coast, hitting long island and then cape cod tomorrow night and into saturday morning.
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the last time the east coast was so threatened by a storm that looked anything like this, it was nearly 20 years ago in 1991. hurricane bob, which the national weather service blames for $620 million worth of damage and six deaths in the northeast. hurricane earl beginning to affect the outer banks right now. nbc's al roker is in kill devil hills, north carolina tonight. mr. roker, thank you very much for being with us. what can you tell us about what's happening right now? >> reporter: ms. maddow, as you can see, we've got a wind going on. nothing horrible. 10 to 15-mile-per-hour winds. the seas behind me very angry right now. we haven't seen the rain bands just yet. they are literally just to the south. currently earl is 160 miles -- the center of earl 160 miles south of us right now. 625 miles southeast of nantucket, massachusetts. right now you, as you mentioned,
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110-mile-per-hour winds. for a hurricane, that's a pretty quick clip. we are watching this move rather rapidly. we expect by 3:00 this morning, it should be parallel to the outer banks. we don't expect it to make landfall. right now it's moving north. the latest look at the satellite shows a wobble to the east. we've had a wobble to the west. we're going to be keeping an eye on this. we don't expect necessarily there to be landfall per se. however, when you consider that hurricane-force winds extend out 70 miles from the center of earl and tropical-force winds 205 miles from the center, you don't have to have landfall to get the direction action. storm surge will be a factor. three to five feet above normal. that will happen at high tide. we can expect some coastal flooding. beach erosion a problem. rainfall, 4 to 6 inches generally in some areas and
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locally might be higher in the outer banks. tomorrow, moving up the eastern seaboard, running parallel to maryland, new jersey, long island. probably not a direct hit on long island. they'll be within not the had-force winds, tropical-force winds. the biggest target is probably nontu nantucket 8:00 or 9:00. for the most part, we think landfall will be slight. it doesn't have to be landfall to have some major impacts. >> al, based on all of the different factors, all of the potential impacts and the expected track of the storm, how bad is this hurricane expected to be in the end looking at the most immediate threat when you compare it to storms that have hit north carolina? >> reporter: i think this is going to be mostly a coastal
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event in that some hurricanes have gone inland and caused major flooding. that's usually what kills the most people and does the most damage. it's not the winds. it's the rain. it's the water. it's the storm surge. we're not going to see that widespread over north carolina or virginia right now on this current track. it will mostly be a coastal event, coastal beach erosion. there may be scattered power outages. if this continues on this track, and we're hoping it's making a north-northeasterly turn and running parallel to the coast and farther away, we will see minimal damage. again, it's still too early to tell. we've got to wait for it to continue to make that turn before it settles in. >> al, many thicanks. appreciate your time and being out there in the weather for us. you can see al roker on the weather channel and obviously on the "today" show in the morning. joining us now is the head
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of the federal emergency management agency, craig fugate. i know your time is precious right now. what is the latest that fema knows about hurricane earl? if you could update us on anything al didn't cover in terms of what areas you're expecting to potentially have a significant impact from this storm. >> i think he covered it. pretty much the outer banks of north carolina to nantucket and the outer banks in massachusetts. they tend to be the two areas we're most concerned about direct impacts of a hurricane. then again, coastal effects, strong wave action, some flooding and power outages. i think the message is to stay safe. our teams have basically been positioned along the coast waiting for the storm to come by. >> in terms of your teams being positioned along the coast, what can you tell us about what fema has pro positioned? what fema has in place in the
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areas you're most worried about? >> we sent supplies into ft. bragg, north carolina. and supplies into massachusetts for the northern end. stuff we expect we may need after a storm like water and food and generators and tarps. again, we weren't going to wait until we had specific missions. our partners at red cross have been bringing supplies for shelters. we have to make sure we have supplies for children and infants. this is done in addition to what the governors are doing and local officials are doing. >> you mentioned katrina. one of the things on everyone's minds is this five years to the week from hurricane katrina hitting new orleans. that is the disaster that made fema less of an acronym and more of a four-letter word. what should we understand as americans about how fema operates differently now than it did five years ago in terms of people having confidence in your agency? >> i'll tell you the big difference is in 2006, congress passed laws that says we would
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not have to wait for a governor to ask for help to get ready. i think the post katrina management format took a lot of the lessons from katrina and a lot of the concerns people had about the structures within fema and the authorities and clarified that. well before the governors activated their state mmg operation centers, we knew the east coast was at risk. we began moving resources, just like in puerto rico before the storm hit. people say, who does the state have to ask to get help? i said, we're sitting right next to the state. we've been there the last couple of days in north carolina. it's working as a partnership, not waiting until it gets bad to get things moving. the governors and local officials are leading this response. we're going to support them. >> one last question for you. for anybody watching on the eastern seaboard that thinks they may be hit, what's your advice to people? >> if you're in the area on the
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outer banks of north carolina, if you're in a safe place, stay there and stay inside. for massachusetts, those areas along the coast and people that may be along the coastal path, pay attention to the storm. get ready. when it gets there, make sure you're somewhere safe. don't drive it. after the storm, we may have dangerous conditions. don't add to everybody's workload. right now if you have done what you need to do, monitor the storm. as it comes to your area, if you're in a safe place, stay inside and make sure you're safe during the storm. >> craig fufate of the federal emergency management agency. we have a rachel maddow exclusive coming up. an exclusive on race and an aggressive and rather odd campaign to try to rewrite america's recent racial history. to do so for preliminary reasons. our exclusive is about presidential hopeful haley
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to 1982. the deans of prognostication, sabato said republicans will pick up ten seats in the senate. even as politicians continue to have bad days, i'm talking to you jan brewer, the republican party in aggregate is getting good news and has been recently. if you are the republican party, how do you come out of what is expected to be a gianormous mid-term election and ride that wave toward taking the presidency in 2012? toward keeping barack obama a one-term president? one approach to it is to employ the patented karl rove approach to elections and hit your president, in this case president obama, not just where he's vulnerable but where he's strong. that's why we're seeing unusual salvos on the issue of civil
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rights but very conservative figures. this past weekend there was an event that got lots of national attention, there was fox news host glen beck trying to take on the mantle of civil rights for himself, speaking to a mostly white crowd about how he was reclaiming the civil rights movement from politics. now today, something that probably won't get as much attention because it's not as flashy, but something that is maybe even more dramatic because it's a more serious republican figure making a more radical claim has happened. mississippi governor haley barbour, the former head of the republican party, has given an interview to the publication human events, in which he goes into great detail about his recollections of civil rights, segregation, race relations and the modern republican party. check it out. >> the people that led the change of parties in the south,
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just as i mentioned earlier, was my generation. >> right. >> my generation, who went to integrated schools. i went to an integrated college. never thought twice about it. it was the old democrats who had fought for segregation so hard. by my time, people realized that was the past. it was indefensible, wasn't going to be that way anymore. >> my generation went to integrated. i went to integrated college, never thought twice about it. that is haley barbour's history of integration in the south. it was all over by his time. that's not the real history, not even his real history. haley barbour was born in 1947. he was valedictorian of yazoo
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city high school. mississippi schools did not integrate -- did not stop segregating students by race until the supreme court forced them to to in 1970, well after haley barbour, mr. "we went to integrated schools" graduated high school. a civil rights historian who taught in yazoo city and knew barbour personally, said, anyone who graduated high school before 1970 in massachusetts, did not go to an integrated school. after high school, haley barbour went to the university of mississippi, better known as ole miss. again, this was his recollection of his college years. >> i went to an integrated college. never thought twice about it. >> never thought twice about it. again, we do not know exactly when haley barbour entered ole miss. it's likely around 1965.
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that wasn't long after this man, james meredith, became the first african-american to enter ole miss. he transferred in during the fall of 1962 and graduated in 1963. today an ole miss history professional told us the next african-american undergraduate at ole miss transferred in during the summer of 1964. again, right around the time haley barbour started there. that same year, ole miss admitted its first black freshman, which means we think there were as few as two other african-american students, two african-american students on the entire ole miss campus, two out of 5,000 when haley barbour was in college there. >> i went to integrated college, never thought twice about it. >> two students. by the time his senior year rolled around in 1968, ole miss had a grand total of 39 black student. that would make 0.7% of the student body. so 99.3% white.
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what was it like at ole miss for a black student then? dr. donald cole, an african-american provost said he was expelled. he said there were no black faculty, no black athletes. that was haley barbour's time as he says, as an integrated college. >> i went to integrated college. never thought twice about it. >> never thought twice about it. haley barbour argues in this interview that his generation not only didn't live segregation, didn't experience it, he also says republicans like him in the south realizeded segregation was not only the past, it was indefensible. it should also be note that as an adult, haley barbour married and had two sons. his two sons were educated in yazoo city, just like their dad. only he sent them to private school.
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this particular private school, manchester academy, founded in 1969, when all-white private schools were popping up across mississippi because public schools were being forced to integrate. according to press reports, manchester academy admitted its first black students in the year 1996. that's a year before one of mr. barbour's sons looks to have graduated from that school. >> my generation, who went to integrated schools or i went to integrated college, never thought twice about it. >> again, the larger point here, whatever fantasy barbour is spinning about his own history and life in mississippi, the overall point what he's trying to sell america on, is the idea that america should understand that the modern republican party is as dominant as it is in the south because it's so against segregation. because it was so post racial. >> the people that led the
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change of parties in the south, just as i mentioned earlier, was my generation. the people who really changed the south from democrat to republican was a different generation from those who fought integration. >> i do not know what you fought or didn't fight. but what you lived, is to a certain extent a matter of record. it really happened in real life. other people were there. we can check these things. joining us is pulitzer prize-winning columnist and msnbc contributor gene robinson. thanks for joining us tonight. >> it's so great to be here. >> does haley barbour's history of race relations and political parties in the south square with your understanding of race relations and political parties in the south? >> gee, rachel, i was there too. do you mind if i rant a little bit? >> gene, allow me to pop popcorn. you just go. >> look, there was a time, yes, when the democrats were
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dixie-crats and the democratic party was a party of segregation. then came the civil rights act of 1964. that was passed by lyndon johnson, who was seen by many white southerners as a race traitor. johnson predicted at the time his civil rights legislation would cost democrats the south for a generation. he was being modest. among the republicans who opposed the civil rights act of 1964 was barry goldwater. in the november election in 1964, barry goldwater against lyndon johnson, gold water won presicily six states, his home state of arizona and five states in the deep south. he won louisiana, mississippi, haley barbour's state, alabama, georgia and south carolina. i wonder why? it was the first time the deep south states voted for a republican presidential
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candidate since reconstruction. i wonder why? we all know why. it was because that was the moment when the republican party began to become the party of white southern grievants, the party that was essentially resentful of the fact that there was integration, the party of private academies, which were started in places like my home town of orangeburg, south carolina. this idea that in the 1960s, in the mid-60s segregation was somehow aiéulí settled matter a were all done with that. my generation was so enlightened, you know in my home town, again, there was an incident called the orangeburg massacre in which three black students were killed by state troopers in a demonstration that had begun over a segregated all-white bowling alley in the middle of town. the year was 1968. so the news of brown versus
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board of education and the civil rights act and voting act must have traveled by pony express to reach those deep south states. this was by no means a settled question. haley barbour's version of events is the biggest bunch of revisionist clap trap i think i have ever heard in my life. thank you, rant over now. i reserve the right. >> i would like to cancel the rest of the show and put that on a loop, if you don't mind. gene, let me ask you about this though. because haley barbour making up his own history about this, is an interesting thing about haley barbour, considered to be a very credible candidate, among other things. the republican party's website. they have their list of accomplishments. it is as if all they've ever done is work on civil rights. in the military, ole miss, and little rock, they are making the case for themselves as the party of civil rights and democrats
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have been lying to you about that. how do you understand this overall strategy? >> first of all, i find it hard to remember those many white southerners with the civil rights marchers. we must have missed out on that. during this period, all the black people left the republican party and went to the democratic party for a reason. it seems to me there are two possibilities. the generous one is this is perhaps the way haley barbour would like to remember his racial attitudes and his history of the period of the 1960s. maybe he likes to think that's what he thought and that's how he behaved. the more cynical view would be that this is not really an appeal for the african-american
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vote, which they're not going to get, and the not really a serious attempt to rewrite the history books but just to kind of muddy the water and soften the edges and perhaps allay the concerns of, say, white suburban independents who would vote conservative but perhaps not vote for a bigot. i think this appeal really isn't for the black vote. it's to try to be a part of this stirring chapter in american history and blur the historic edges, which we will not allow to be blurred. because what happened happened. the south has changed an awful lot. i think it's very appropriate and good to look at the new south and how it's different from the old south. but we will not forget what the old south was like. >> that's absolutely right.
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it is on the record. people can still tale the tells. we have the people who experienced it and the stuff cannot be rewritten. i look forward to keeping those edges sharp with you into the indefinite future. thank you. eugene robinson, a pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the washington post, msnbc contributor and i'm very happy to say my pal. it was a debate for the ages. the incumbent seems to lose all sense of where she is and what she's talking about. she resorts to nervous giggling and saying nothing for long stretches of time. that's before we get to the part about the fake headless people next. okay, class, our special guest is here -- ellen page. hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! we're going on a field trip to china! wow. [ chuckles ] when i was a kid, we -- we would just go to the -- the farm. [ cow moos ] [ laughter ]
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i want to thank you all for being here today and hope that we meet again on better circumstances maybe. >> as long as she has been on the national radar, because of her state's papers please immigration law and everything that's followed. arizona governor's jan brewer, i believe has been underappreciated. underappreciated for her show-stopping verbal abilities. last night on this show we had a long report on governor brewer's
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retaliation against a local station in phoenix, pulling her ads in retribution for their news team reporting on her administration. while we were airing that report, governor brewer was at a big important debate in arizona. she is running in this year's election to hold on to her job as governor. her performance in the debate was amazing. as humans, we are wired to want to turn away from things like this. that is a good thing about human nature. i'm asking you to please try to override that good, natural empathetic impulse to cover your eyes or flee. trust me, stay to the end. here's jan brewer's opening statement from last night's debate. >>it's great to be here with larry, barry and terry. thank you all for watching us tonight. i have done so much. and i just cannot believe that we have changed everything since
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i've become your governor in the last 600 days. arizona has been brought back from its abyss. we have cut the budget. we have balanced the budget. and we are moving forward. we have done everything that we could possibly do. we have -- did what was right for arizona. >> the most amazing thing about governor brewer's performance last night, that opening statement. was not the most awkward part of it. during the debate, her democratic opponent, terry goddard, asked governor brewer about her frequent claims that people are turning up without their heads in arizona. that has been part of how jan brewer made the case for the
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papers please law, sb-1070. she made the claim about beheadings a number of times on television. she made the claim as a result of illegal immigration, authorities in arizona were finding headless bodies around. that claim, of course, has been thoroughly disproven. the governor's opponent hit her for it last night. here's what happened during the debate. >> what is hurting us right now economically, are statements, false statements, made by jan brewer about how arizona has become so violent. that we are a place of fear and have beheadings in the did ert. those are false statements that cause people to think that arizona is a dangerous place. they don't come here and don't invest here because our governor said such negative things about our state. jan, i call upon you to stay that there are no beheadings. that is a false statement and needs to be cleared up right now. >> you know what, terry, i will call you out. i think you ought to renounce
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your support and endorsement of the unions. >> that was during the debate. she doesn't answer the question, what is a standard political tactic. she side-winded around it enough during the debate that reporters covering the debate wanted to get an answer too. they asked her about it afterwards. i have to ask you to disregard your empathetic urge to close your ears and turn away from the screen and flee the room entirely. you can do it and need to see the end of this clip for the way the responded press corps responds to what the governor does here. >> reporter: governor, why wouldn't you recant the comment you made earlier about the beheadings in the desert? >> that's a serious question, governor. >> this was an interesting about evening tonight. you caught a complete display
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between myself and terry goddard. someone who wants to tax and spend. and we will continue to move forward. >> reporter: the fact is, you're complaining about terry goddard and unions not coming to the state. maybe people aren't coming here because you're making comments about headless bodies? >> the big thing that didn't happen tonight was terry godored never gave us a plan. he's never had a plan. if he has, he hasn't shared it. this being governor is not an easy job, terry. you need to get your plan out. >> reporter: what about the headless bodies? >> reporter: will you answer the question, governor, about the headless bodies? why can't you recant that? do you still believe that? come on, governor. >> thank you, all. >> oh! >> heading into last night, jan brewer was 19 points ahead of terry goddard in the polls. mind the gap, governor. of alwaa
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no, it wasn't. yes, it was. was not. yes, it was. what do you think? take one of the big ones out? nah. vermilion block 380 was an oil-producing platform owned by
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a houston, texas oil company. the platform produced 9.2 million cubic feet of natural gas each day and 1,400 barrels of oil. this morning it caught fire. just after 9:00 a.m. local time, workers on a near oil rig spotted the fire and called the coast guard. all of vermilion's crew members were rescued from the gulf of mexico, where they jumped into the water to save themselves from the flames. the coast guard originally reported that one of the crew members was injured, but they later reported no one was hurt. this was in what was deemed shallow water, 340 feet of water, coordination to the bureau of ocean water management. because it was producing well in shallow water, it was not covered by president obama's moratorium on deep water ri drilling, which covers 500 feet
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or more. the deep water horizon event was in more than a mile of water. vermilion sat on the ocean floor instead of flooth lieeting like deepwater rig. everyone is on pins and needles wondering about further damage. the coast guard said a mile-long oil sheen had been spotted after vermilion blew up. mariner energy had another study, telling cnbc there was no sign of a spill whatsoever. the coast guard later said, no one could see a sheen. the moratorium, which is designed to assess and upgrade safety regulations on deepwater drilling rigs is currently scheduled to expire november 30th. no word on whether today's incident at vermilion 380 may cause the white house to revise that deadline. take your time with that decision, folks.
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according to mother jones today, there are only about 33,000 miles of pipeline and 50,000 wells in the gulf. see all those dark blue dots. those are all the platforms and rigs in the gulf. did we also mention it's hurricane season? yeah, no rush. joining us is bob kavnar, founder and editor of the daily hurricane. thank you for joining us. >> happy to be with you, rachel. >> usually you see something or you don't. is there an oil spill associated with this rig or is there not? >> what's been reported to me, rachel, is that the wells did automatically shut in when the fire occurred or the leak that they had on the platform occurred. i think the wells themselves shut in pretty quickly. but often what you get here is you'll get some residual oil on the platform. sometimes when they flood the platform with fire water the way they did today, you'll wash that
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into the water. that's probably what they saw. >> what's the biggest risk at this point from this particular rig for what's happened there so far? should we be watching this site in terms of potential further environmental damage here? >> i believe being a shallow well, the wellheads and all the valves are actually above the surface of the water so you can see them. it's different than the deepwater wells where everything is done by remote vehicles. also, you can put divers in to look at the seafloor of the wells. you can monitor much more closely. i think the risk of something further happening here is pretty low. but i've got to tell you, this is going to shed new lied or raise new questions about shallow water and how it's being affected by the moratorium for the deep water. >> i know there was an initial shallow water moratorium after the deepwater disaster. right now it's deep water
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drilling, not production los angeles awells. is there anything fundamentally qualitatively safer about drilling in shallow water than in deep water? >> the primary thing that makes it different -- i'm not sure one is less safe than the other -- i think the risk is higher of something going wrong in the deep water because you have a floating facility where these sit on the bottom. but you still have that severe risk of spill and fire on both facilities. the advantage that you have with shallow water is that you can get to it easier than you can with deep water. it can be fixed faster generally than a deep water spill or blowout. >> is there a trend of safety problems in the drilling industry right now? >> you know of the industry will say, this is an anomaly.
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you have enough anomalies, you have a trend. the timing of this could not be worse in my view. because of the moratorium and all the questions being raised about offshore production. i do think this is going to raise a lot of issues on the regulatory side. there are incidents that happen, spills or -- small spills and small incidents. when you have fire and when you have people in the water, you've got a problem. i think we need to look at what those regulations are before we go forward. >> bob cavnar, thank you very much for your insight tonight. >> happy to join you, rachel. coming up on "countdown," keith dismantles the case being made by republican political adviser mark mckinnon we should be missing the good old days of george w. bush. coming up, one governor's race already weird, ascended to
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and now part two of why the contest to become the next governor of the great state of colorado is the leader around the clubhouse turn for this year's best race ever. part one was bases in the wacky
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wonderfulness of third party candidate tom tancredo. this week he's accusing first lady michelle obama of trying to ban christmas. part two is the actual republican nominee for colorado governor. his name is dan maze. while there is much to say about maze' currents troubles, let us begin here. dan maes. he was a businessman before he was a politician. the name of the business he founded was amaesing credit solutions. and it gets more amazing from there. the governor's race is such a mess now. the republican nominee may lose the nomination he has already won. the primary's over and they may strip the nomination from him.
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sorry. okay. first, it seemed like the most interest thing was going to be the republican front-runner getting walloped for plagiarism. he was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do reports on policy issues and just copied the stuff someone else wrote so he's out. that's what we thought was going to be the highlight, right? then rachel maddow show frequent guest star tom tancredo threatened the tea party guy that they should quit the race. he hated both of them. they did not quit. so tom tancredo got in the race on a third party ticket to spite them. then we thought that was going to be the highlight.
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but oh, no. then tom tancredo did an interview with talking points memo in which he asserted that first lady michelle obama had banned christmas at the white house. for the record, this is what the white house looked like in late december of this past year. christmasy, right? according to tom tancredo, secretly muslim. so then surely that was going to be the highlight, right? the colorado governor's race couldn't get any weirder. that's what we all thought. all that stuff alone was probably enough to make it the single most entertaining ticket race so far in the elections but apparently that was just the warmup. this was the main headline on the denver post all day today in advance of tonight's gubernatorial debate in colorado. maes rejects calls that he exit the race. the republican party in colorado has changed their minds again. after the plagiarism guy, after the tom tancredo fisaco, now they are trying to kick the actual republican nominee for governor, the guy who won the primary, dan maes, they are trying to kick him out of the
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race and he's refusing to go. and nobody knows what's going to happen next. here's the situation with dan maes. he first made national news by voicing his suspicion that a pro bicycling program in denver could be a secret con sfeers to have the united nations take over colorado. black helicopters, cheerfully painted bicycles, what's the difference, people? since then, dan maes has made a name for himself for a totally different thing. he has been forced to admit to lying on his resume. specifically, he appears to have made up a back story about himself as a secret agent. a secret agent in kansas. on his campaign website, mr. maes wrote that when he worked as a police officer 25 years ago in the town of liberal, kansas, he went undercover on what turned out to be a dangerous assignment. there's a lot of typos here but it's follow-able. he says quote, at one point in my two years at the local police department in liberal, kansas, i was place under cover by the kansas bureau of investigations.
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to gather information inside a book-making ring that was also allegedly selling drugs. i got too close to some significant people in the community who were involved in these activities and abruptly was dismissed from my position. dan maes essentially says he was tapped by the state version of the fbi in kansas to go undercover and that undercover assignment, busting a drug dealing book-making ring, got him too close to official corruption and so he, upstanding undercover dan maes was fired. very dramatic, right? tell me more. the maes campaign did say more. they sent out a fund-raising letter last week from dan maes' wife. quote, i know dan to have stood up to corruption as a young police officer. this stance of integrity cost him his job. it's a great campaign line, right? brave man going undercover, fired for his stance against corruption, a made for politics storybook tale that now has to go back to whatever storybook
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dan maes read it in, because law enforcement sources are telling the denver post this week that frankly, they have no idea what dan maes is talking about. confronted, he confessed, recanted, sort of, and blamed people for taking him seriously in the first place. he told the post quote, some people are probably taking that a little too literally. those comments might have been incorrect comments. by those comments, he means his own campaign website and the mailer from his wife saying he was a secret agent in kansas. should also be noted that in the three weeks since he won the state's republican primary, mr. maes has not hired a campaign manager, has had to pay more than $17,000 in campaign finance violation fines and there was this weird thing about slipping the check into -- slipping a check into someone's purse. at a campaign event on monday, the denver post reports that dan maes slipped an unsigned check for $300 into the purse of the
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former mayor of greenwood village, colorado. the former mayor had previously said that she loaned dan maes more than $300 in cash to pay off his mortgage. mr. maes said it was a campaign contribution but it's illegal to take that much cash as a campaign contribution so he apparently tried to make that issue go away this week by slipping an unsigned personal check into the mayor's purse. as a reminder, dan maes won the primary. he is the official republican nominee for governor of the great state of colorado. at least he is for now. former senator hank brown rescinded his endorsement for mr. maes yesterday saying he was quote, concerned about the revelations about mr. maes. a republican former president of the state senate also rescinded his earlier endorsement of mr. maes, calling him quote, a manifestly unfit nominee who quote, flunked his job interview with the people of colorado. now, right wing business giant pete coors says that mr. maes
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should go and former republican congressman bob beaupre is saying he would like to run in his place. colorado newspapers are starting to join in the call for mr. maes to drop out and even the tea party folks who supported him throughout are throwing him under the bus. mesa party commissioner and tea party organizer janet rowland sent an e-mail to 10,000 tea party supporters today that says this, quote, dan is an accidental nominee and he is a fraud. i realize those are harsh words but in this case, the truth is harsh. if dan maes does drop out of the race before friday, colorado republicans will be able to put anyone else they want on the ballot in his place. damn the primary, damn the voters, apparently they can't be trusted. so far dan maes says he's not going anywhere. then again, he also once said he was a secret agent so who knows what's going to happen next? watch this space. that does it for us tonight. don't forget, there' lots to add to what you

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